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hearing was it as informative as the one following the nine u.s. embassies consulate attacks hash tag never mind. there's just no context. nine u.s. embassies in consulate attacked during bush. if you want to go back further into context in an 18-month period when reagan was president, three separate u.s. embassies or barracks were attacked in beirut. over 300 americans were killed. not just the marines but others. >> stephanie: right. >> 18 months. after the third one reagan campaigned in iowa the next day. reporters asked him did you think about not campaigning today. he said no. we need to campaign today. so you know, the double standard throughout history is so glaring and there were no hearings, of course, during the bush years when embassies and consulates were attacked. >> most upset about benghazi are the people who voted for -- for embassy security. >> and -- the republican party -- everyone forgets about this now. that try to block the 9-11 commission investigation. dick cheney was on the phone with daschle, with democrats saying this investigation is not going to happen. >>
with tony blair that basically they were saying the u.s. has already decided to invade and you know, the u.s. is just going to be interested in justifying a war rather than preventing it. as you said, how does the american press respond? it yawned. >> five weeks. virtually no mention. that was leaked in may of 2005. it was a very big deal. as you said, it was memos from august, before the war. and blair is meeting with his top advisers in d.c. they said by the way we're going to war. everything you're hearing is a snow job. they're fixing the intelligence around this invasion. so this was like the holy grail. it is like what everyone had assumed and for five weeks the american press did nothing. and you know, i was in islam at the time. i remember reporting that. i got comments from a. p. and "usa today." they admitted we totally blew it. we should have done it. but that was the mindset. you were not supposed to push back. you were not supposed to uncover this gigantic lie at the center of the iraq war. >> stephanie: think how many people would be alive if the press had done their job. that
. >> good morning, everybody. former u.s. surgeon general, c edward coop has passed away. he served until '89 and as a former smoker he became a strong anti-smoking advocate launching a campaign in 1984 to try to get the country smoke free. he was not one to shy away from a conversation about safe sex. since it has been about 600 years since a pope has resigned the vatican having to answer some questions about what comes next. the vatican saying today that pope benedict the 16th will become an amaretus pope and will still wear his white robe. some cardinals are concerned about the confusion which may emerge having both a new pope and a retired pope living within the vatican walls and sharing a secretary. but the spokesman says these decisions are all being very well thought out. the pope will hold his final public audience tomorrow. some comical words by nancy pelosi today, addressing house speakers john boehner's assertion. she says that the republicans aren't just kicking the can down the road it's more like they are nudging the potato across the table with their nos
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